X-Men Drama Continues: Joss Whedon Taking Over for Grant Morrison?

Thanks to our friend Mary for passing this along…

As usual, there is as much drama behind the scenes of the X-Men books as there is in the pages. We all know Grant Morrison is leaving New X-Men, but we still don’t know who is taking over… or do we? Apparently Rich Johnston over at Comic Book Resources knows, but isn’t telling (and here).

Interestingly, Alan David Doane from Silver Bullet Comics knows and isn’t afraid to tell: Joss Whedon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame.

Marvel declined to comment.

I absolutely love the behind the scenes movement. It’s almost as interesting as the content of the comics, if not a little more. It’s always fun to hear who said what and why they’re leaving etc.

Now the question of Joss Whedon — I dunno, I know he’s a great idea guy and a great writer, but I’m afraid of the Kevin Smith affect, where he can’t commit to the book. I want a writer on X-Men to be committed to a long run. It’s not the kind of title that can handle rotating writers.

That’s just my thoughts… what do you think?


  1. Whedon wrote Fray for a long time without too much delay, neh?

    Smith has never shown that he could handle a regular schedule book. After Dardevil, and then Spider-Man-Black Cat, and the Daredevil Target story that never was, I’m surprised they’ll still hire him. What about the Brave and the Bold he was gonna do?


    Whedon shows no such tendencies as far as I know. Plus, of the only 2 lines of his that remained in the first X-Men movie, one was the excellent, “How do I know you’re the real Wolverine?” “You’re a dick.”


  2. Wasn’t the “What happens to a toad when it’s struck by lightning” line Whedon’s too?

  3. Yes.

  4. he claims that it was delivered wrong or out of context or some such. Who knows?

  5. Yeah, he said that it was intended to be delivered in a Buffy-esque manner. Sort of in a nonchalant, no-big deal, whatever kinda way.

    Guess it wasn’t clear in the script.

  6. You know, I’m not quite buying the Whedon thing. And Fray, I thought, was pretty delayed thanks to his stint on FireFly — and should said title take off in movie form, how much frickin’ time is he gonna hve then for some silly ol’ comic, eh?

    I hope Marvel isn’t dumb enough to back on his name or count on scores of Buffy fans to pick up New X-Men if he does write.

  7. “I hope Marvel isn’t dumb enough to back on his name or count on scores of Buffy fans to pick up New X-Men if he does write.”

    And FRAY didn’t exactly burn up the sales chart…

  8. I think FRAY may have been a mild success for Dark Horse. They don’t have to do Marvel numbers to be successful.

    But in truth, I know nothing about Fray, other than I kept seeing it, so I figured it was still around.

  9. What I’m saying is, many people thought that all the hardcore Buffyverse fans would buy the comicbook and that didn’t come to pass. Senior year of college I lived across the hall from a big BUFFY fan so I bought her issue #1 of the Buffy comic. It didn’t spur her to go to the comic store every month.

    Folks just don’t seem to want to read comics.

  10. Rich Johnstson jumps into the fray and breaks his “silence”:


    I really wanted to drop New X-Men after Morrison left, but now it looks like I can’t. 🙁

  11. Oh, gods…why, Marvel? Why?


  12. Okay, I’ve had some time to adjust….and came up with this:


  13. I should say that, while I really like Joss Whedon’s writing for television (though I soured on BUFFY after only a few seasons), the real reason I’ll keep buying NEW X-MEN is John Cassaday.

  14. SciFi Wire

    12:00pm ET, 13-January-04

    Whedon: X-Men Gig Possible

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon confirmed to SCI FI Wire that he is indeed considering writing a series of X-Men comics for Marvel. “There is a rumor out there,” Whedon said in an interview at the television critics’ winter press tour in Hollywood. “It’s something that could happen.”

    Whedon added that he would approach such a project with trepidation, knowing the “legacy” of the decades-old franchise and fervid fan loyalty.

    But it wouldn’t be Whedon’s first foray into comics